England 1914. In the peaceful Devon countryside farmer Narracott buys a thoroughbred horse rather than a plough animal. His teenaged son Albert trains the horse and calls him Joey with the two forming a close bond.
When the harvest fails the farmer has to sell Joey to the British cavalry and he is shipped to France to the mud and blood of the battlefields of the first world war.
Joey is captured by the Germans after a disastrous British offensive and changes hands twice more before he is found, caught in the barbed wire in No Man’s Land four years later and freed, due to a bizarre truce.
Joey is returned behind British lines where Albert, who had followed him to war and is temporarily blinded by gas, recognises his beloved Joey. However as the Armistice is declared Joey is set to be auctioned off. After all they have been through will Albert and Joey return home to the peaceful fields of Devon together?
Directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, Tom Hiddleston and David Thewlis
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